Why Does My Circular Saw Overheat?

Woodworkers love using the circular saw because it is handy and can make different cuts. It can cut through all sorts of wood, whether construction lumber, plywood, solid hardwood stock, pressure-treated lumber, and many other materials. Yet, like any power tool subjected to rigorous usage, it requires care and maintenance. And if you fail to … Read more

How Many Coats of Tung Oil Needed?

Multiple coats of Tung oil finish

My client asked me the other day regarding the number of coats of tung oil he needed to apply to protect wood completely. I told him the number of coats would usually differ depending on the project’s requirements. If you coat decorative items, you can go up to four coats. Yet, if the surface is … Read more

Is Particle Board Strong?

Particle Board Cabinet Top

My best friend, who wants to dabble in woodworking, asked me the other day whether he could use particleboard as a substitute for plywood, and I said, “Yes!” Nevertheless, I’ve warned him that it is not strong enough compared to plywood and MDF. Particleboard, for example, is made of waste materials from various wood products, … Read more

Wood Screw Sizes Chart

Wood screw types and sizes.

You might be asking whether you can use all wood screws on wood. Of course, the answer is, “Yes, you can!” Nevertheless, it will be good to note that wood screws differ in length, diameter, and other aspects. Thus, you must choose the screws that are best suited for a particular application. Besides, you should … Read more

Lumber and Wood Sizes Chart

Various sizes of wood lumber and board in hardware store.

So, you wanted to jumpstart your woodworking career and researched the wood dimensions available in the market today. To your surprise, you had come face-to-face with terms like nominal size and actual size of lumber—terms you are pretty unfamiliar with. Things suddenly become confusing to you, and you want to know the difference between nominal … Read more

Is Ash A Hardwood?

Ash hardwood lumber and timber.

If you ever want to dabble in woodworking, you will more likely tinker with Ashwood, and you might also ask whether Ash is hardwood. Ash is a significant wood in the lumber industry because of its strength and lightness. It is also shock resistant and can give your project a great look. As a hardwood, … Read more

African Pearwood: Properties, Colors, Texture, Uses, Workability & Sustainability

African Pearwood Wood texture and colors.

Let’s check out African Pearwood to get you started in your quest for the ideal wood. If you live, for example, in Africa, one hardwood native to this continent is African Pearwood. This wood gets generally used for making veneer, fine furniture, turned objects, specialty items, and cabinetry. African Pearwood has the scientific name Baillonella toxisperma, … Read more